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Monarch, community partners celebrate opening of Lincoln Wellness Center

Partners hosts open house, ribbon cutting at Lincoln Wellness Center
By Wayne Howard, Staff Reporter
The Lincoln Herald

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Lincoln Wellness Ctr leadersCommerce held a ribbon cutting for Partners Behavioral Health Management's Lincolnton location at 311 East McBee St. on Dec. 18. An Open House followed.

The history of mental health services in Lincoln County has been sporadic. The old Gaston-Lincoln Mental Health program of forty years ago gave way to a variety of programs--some public and some private. The rocky road included both Lincoln and Gaston counties.

In 2013, True Behavioral Healthcare of Gastonia went out of business and was replaced by Monarch, an Albemarle-based company, began delivering behavioral health services previously contracted to True in Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties.

Paul Caldwell, chief community relations officer for Partners, told the Lincoln Herald Thursday that he believes the four cooperating companies will provide an excellent program for Lincoln County. "We like to think of this as a known safe place to present" for anyone with needs for help with any of the areas served: mental health, substance abuse disorders, or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

"The four companies each provide certain specialties," they told us. Monarch handles adult and children's mental health issues; Phoenix Counseling Service provides help with substance abuse problems; Alexander Youth Network and Support, Inc. work with various problems with children and youth."

"The first thing is for people to understand that we are here and available. We are open from 8 AM until midnight. We can find the help they need--some available right here, in cases where it's needed, we can even connect them via electronic means with a psychiatrist who can conduct interviews just as if they were in the same room."

"At some time in their lives, one in five people will need one or more of the services that are provided here. Because we are a public mental health facility, we are a good first place to go. Hospital emergency rooms are not usually equipped or prepared to the kind of help we can provide."

Caldwell noted that the facility accepts Medicaid, Medicare, insurance plans and qualified indigents without any insurance.

The facility is known as the Lincoln Wellness Center and is located at 311 East McBee St., just off North Academy Street in Lincolnton.

Pictured above (l-r): Lyndril Leonard, Clinical Operations Director for Monarch in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties; Josh Martin, Operations Director for Support, Inc.; Ashley Conrad, Exec. Director for Partners Division, Alexander Youth Network; Kevin Oliver, Exec. Director for Phoenix Counseling Center.

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